Great Compassion Mantra: The magical mantra of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara


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Great Compassion Mantra is known as the mantra to save suffering, cure both body and mind diseases and countless other benefits for people. The more we listen, the more we read, the more good things we receive.

1. What is Dai Bi Uncle? 

In fact, the Great Compassion Mantra is a sutta, a mantra of basic Mahayana Buddhism. This sutta demonstrates the merits of Avalokitesvara Buddha (or Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara). This is the perfect and generous mantra, saving suffering and saving, saving humanity, eliminating calamities.
The Great Compassion Mantra consists of 84 sentences, 415 words, has been translated into many different languages ​​and is recited in many different variables when reciting. 

What is "turn" in Dai Bi mantra?

When it comes to the Dai Bi mantra, people often refer to variables such as 5 variables, 7 variables, 9 variables or 21 variables. "Variable" in this concept is one time chanting the entire mantra. Accordingly, the Great Compassion Mantra has 84 verses, each time reciting these 84 sentences is called a variable. If the mantra is repeated 5 times, it is called 5 variables, repeated 7 times is 7 variables... that is, how many times it is repeated, it is considered as variable.

2. Great Compassion Mantra in Sanskrit and Chinese

Sanskrit Mantra of Great Compassion

Opening greetings:
  • Namo ratnatràyàya.
  • Namo Aryàvalokites’varàya Bodhisattvaya Mahasattvaya Mahàkarunikàya.
  • Om sarva rabhaye sunadhàsya.
  • Namo skirtva imam aryàvalotites’vara ramdhava.
  • Namo narakindhi hrih mahàvadhasvàme.
  • Sarvàrthato subham ajeyam sarvasata. Namo varga mahàdhàtu.
  • Tadyathà: om avaloki lokate karate.
  • Ehrih mahà bodhisattva sarva sarva mala mala.
  • Mahi hrdayam kuru kuru karman.
  • Dhuru dhuru vijàyate mahàvijayati.
  • Dhara dhara dhirini svaràya.
  • Cala cala mama vimala muktir.
  • Ehi ehi s’ina s’ina àrsam prasari.
  • Basha basham prasàya hulu hulu mara.
  • Hulu hulu hrih sara sara siri siri suru suru.
  • Bodhiya bodhiya bodhaya bodhaya.
  • Maitreya narakindi dhrish nina.
  • Bhayamana svaha siddhaya svàhà.
  • Maha siddhàya svaha.
  • Siddha yoge s’varaya svaha. Nirakindi svàhà.
  • Mara nara svaha s’ira Simha mukhàya svaha.
  • Sarva maha asiddhaya svaha. Cakràsiddhaya svaha.
  • Padma kastàya svaha.
  • Nirakindi vagalàya svaha.
  • Mavari śankaraya svāhā.
Closing greetings:
  • Namo ratnatràyàya. Namo aryàvalokites’varaya svaha.
  • Om siddhyantu mantra pàdàya svàhà.

The Great Compassionate Mantra in Chinese

南无, 喝啰怛那, 哆啰夜耶。南无, 阿唎耶。婆卢羯帝, 烁钵啰耶。菩提萨埵婆耶。摩诃萨埵婆耶。摩诃迦卢尼迦耶。唵。
ná mó, hé là dá nā, duō là yè yē. ná mó, ā lì yē. pó lú jié dì, shuò bō là yē. pú tí sà duǒ pó yē. mó hē sà duǒ pó yē. mó hē jiā lú ní jiā yē. ōng.
萨皤啰罚曳。数怛那怛写。南无悉吉栗埵, 伊蒙阿唎耶。婆卢吉帝, 室佛啰楞驮婆。南无, 那啰谨墀。醯唎摩诃皤哆沙咩。
sà pó là fá yè. shù dá nā dá xià. ná mó xī jí lì duǒ, yī méng ā lì yē. pó lú jí dì, shì fó là léng tuó pó. ná mó·nā là jǐn chí. xī lì mó hē pó duō shā miē.
萨婆阿他, 豆输朋。阿逝孕。萨婆萨哆, 那摩婆萨多, 那摩婆伽。摩罚特豆。怛侄他。唵, 阿婆卢醯。卢迦帝。
sà pó ā tuō, dòu shū péng. ā shì yùn. sà pó sà duō, ná mó pó sà duō, ná mó pó qié. mó fá tè dòu. dá zhí tuō. ōng, ā pó lú xī. lú jiā dì.

3. Where does the Great Compassion Mantra come from?

This mantra is drawn from the Sutra of Thien Thu Thien Nhan Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Quang Dai Perfect Perfection, Great Compassionate Mind Dharani, performed by Shakyamuni Buddha himself in a Dharma assembly of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhists. God and King.

The scriptures narrate  the origin story of the Great Compassion Mantra  between Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara) and the Buddhas: In the Sutra, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva told the Buddha that:
"World-Honored One, I have the Great Compassionate Mind of Dharani, and now I want to say it, because I want all sentient beings to be happy, to get rid of all diseases, to live a long life, to be rich, to have all their karma destroyed. evil, being freed from obstacles, achieving all the roots of good, having all fear dissipated, and having quickly all desired places. I beseech the Blessed One for mercy and forbearance." Then recite the spell.
After the bodhisattva finished the mantra, the earth changed six times, the heavens rained precious flowers and flowers scattered, all the Buddhas in the ten directions were happy, and the gods of the outside world were afraid to raise their hairs. All sentient beings have the results.

4. Benefits of chanting Great Compassion

The Great Compassion Mantra has many different benefits, which is why it has become so popular and recited by many people every day. Specifically, the benefits of Great Compassion uncle are as follows:

4.1 - Freed from the 3 evil karmas

Sentient beings who listen to the Great Compassion Mantra can get rid of the three evil karmas: Oral Karma, Body Karma, and Mind Karma. 
  • Body karma includes: No killing, no stealing, no sexual misconduct.
  • Oral karma includes: Do not lie, do not speak maliciously, do not speak with two-way tongues, do not speak falsely.
  • Mind karma includes: greed, hatred, delusion.

2.2 - Expectations are met

Reciting the Great Compassion Sutra will fulfill all your wishes in life, as long as you sincerely recite it daily.

4.3 - Wash away sins in thousands of births and deaths

Reciting the Great Compassion Sutra can eliminate sins in thousands of thousands of cyclic existences. The true heart is witnessed by all Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and gods.

4.4 - Reincarnation in the Buddha realm

When one dies, one who recites the Great Compassion Mantra can be reborn in the Buddha realm just as one wished to aspire to in life.

4.5 - Avoid 15 forms of death and enjoy 15 good things

Developing the mind to recite the Great Compassion Sutra will help avoid 15 forms of death and enjoy the following 15 good things.
Not subject to 15 forms of death:
  • Did not die by suicide (suicide).
  • Don't die of madness.
  • Do not starve or starve.
  • Do not die under enemy enemies.
  • Do not die from oppression, imprisonment, or beatings.
  • Do not die from serious diseases.
  • Don't get killed in military battle.
  • Do not be killed by tigers, wolves, or wild beasts.
  • Do not die from venomous snakes or scorpions.
  • Not poisoned to death.
  • Do not drown or burn to death.
  • Not killed by the devil or the devil.
  • Don't get killed by landslides or fallen trees.
  • Don't die from magic.
  • Don't die from nightmares caused by bad people.
Enjoy 15 good things:
  • Always rich and happy.
  • Have pure and complete heart.
  • Have a healthy body.
  • Get the respect and help of others.
  • Their wealth will not be plundered.
  • Always born at a good time.
  • Will see the Buddha and hear the Dharma where they were born
  • Always meet good friends.
  • The family will be kind and harmonious.
  • The place of birth will always have a good king.
  • Awake to the profound meaning of the relevant Buddha Dharma they hear.
  • Get everything they look for.
  • Protected by dragons, gods and good spirits.
  • Always born in a good country.
  • Do not violate the prohibitions.

4.6 - Eliminate all diseases 

Reciting the Great Compassion Mantra, all patients in the Three Realms can be cured. All sentient beings suffering from mental or physical illness are delivered.

4.7 - Gain wisdom, concentration, debate, not succumb to the devil 

Reciting the Great Compassion Sutra can achieve limitless concentration (meditative state) and profound wisdom. Cultivation will not be interfered with by the devil.

4.8 - Always be protected by Gods and Buddhas

For those who recite the Dharma and have compassion for all sentient beings, when reciting the Great Compassion Mantra, the Buddhas will always follow, guard and protect.

4.9 - Quickly get results

Those who recite and listen to the Great Compassion Mantra, those who have not yet attained the fruit, can quickly attain it. Those who practice and live according to the law will be protected. Cultivators or gods of ten thousand kalpas who have not yet generated bodhichitta can quickly generate a mind. 

4.10 - Become a source of blessings

Those who recite the Great Compassion Mantra themselves are already an infinite treasure of merit, and they will become the amazing source of other people's blessings, the object of respect, and blessings.

4.11 - Become an inexhaustible treasure of merit

Great Compassion mantra always contains immeasurable meaning and merit for thousands of lives. 

4.12 - Good fate

Reading the mantra to pray to Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara brings extremely good causes, including:
Living beings are happy; Except for all diseases; Live a long and healthy life; Accident reduction; Eliminate evil karma; Away from obstacles; Enhance merit; Strengthening good roots; Stay away from uncleanness; Satisfy your desires.

4.13 - Eradicating evil karma

Reciting mantras to eradicate evil karma, bring boundless merit, should be done in the following cases: before death; expand the land to worship Buddha; meet evil virtues; chemistry of sentient beings; actively cultivate; penitent; in dire danger.
There are also cases where even praying this mantra hundreds of thousands of times does not help, for example, if the mind is not sincere, so the desire is not as desired, such as praying for your own happiness, the misfortune of others, seeking to do things. hurt others for your own benefit.

4.14 - Peaceful life

Reciting the Great Compassion Mantra, pray to the door of Guan Yin Bodhisattva with a generous and generous heart, then you will become a good person, towards the good, keep yourself humble, know the difference between right and wrong.  
Good men and women chant mantras to radiate bodhicitta, universally save sentient beings, and eliminate evil karma. Fasting the soul, purifying thoughts, one heart turning to the Buddha, life will be peaceful.

5. Instructions for recitation steps 

The Good Days Calendar would like to guide you to recite the Great Compassion Sutra in detail and in accordance with the following standards:

- Step 1: Prepare 

+ Prepare mentally and spiritually before reciting:
First of all, when reciting this mantra, you should be pure in your body, shower clean, dress dignified and neat.
Choose a quiet, airy, clean place, most importantly, that place makes you feel comfortable in your heart. 
If possible, should be vegetarian, should not kill, remember to keep the precepts. 
Preparation for the altar:
Ideally, if possible, you should have a quiet private room to set up a Bodhisattva altar, on which there is an image of a Bodhisattva with thousands of hands and thousands of eyes facing the West. If you do not sit in the altar room, in front of the altar, you can sit in front of the Buddha image or the statue of Buddha, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Although it is optional, there should be fresh flowers, fruit, and incense burners on the altar for incense and water offerings. The lights should be on every time you pray. Wooden beads can be used to aid in recitation.
+ Prepare to sit, bow:
The seat should also be clean, be it a pad or simply folded cotton towels. You can sit in the full lotus position, but if you have difficulty, you can sit in the half-lotus way. 
How to place hands: palm facing up, right hand on top of left hand, two thumbs touching each other. Eyes should be slightly open, if fully closed, it is easy to fall into a state of drowsiness, if open, it is difficult to concentrate.
There are many different types of bowing, but the purpose is to show respect, bowing up and down, then bending the head has many inconvenient points, not suitable for the atmosphere of meditation hall.
You can practice a relatively simple way of bowing during the ceremony, just sitting in the meditation posture, full lotus or half full lotus, when bowing, just bowing your head to the floor in front, prolonging this posture for a while. enough time to recite a sentence "Namo Dai Bi Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva", then sat up. 

- Step 2: Pay homage to the Three Jewels, Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and sentient beings 

I respectfully bow to the Buddhas of the ten directions (1 bow).
I respectfully bow to the Dharma of the ten directions (1 bow).
I respectfully pay respects to Bodhisattvas, Thanh Vans, Pratyekabuddhas, monks and followers of Buddhism (1 prostration).
I respectfully bow down to all other sentient beings (1 prostration) and hope that you join me in the practice of eliminating all afflictions and suffering and soon be at peace.
Then make a vow that:
Namo great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I soon know all dharmas.
Namo great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I soon gain wisdom eyes.
Namo great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I quickly save sentient beings.
Namo great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I soon have good means.
Namo great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I quickly get on the boat of wisdom.
Namo great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I soon cross the sea of ​​suffering.
Namo great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I soon be established by the Way.
Namo with great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I soon ascend to Nirvana.
Namo with great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I quickly return home to the unconditioned.
Namo great compassion Avalokitesvara, may I soon join the Dharma-nature.
If you head towards the mountain, the mountain will immediately collapse.
If you turn to the fire, the water boils, the water boils, and the fire dries up by itself.
If you head towards the hell realm, hell will quickly destroy itself.
If you turn to the hungry ghosts, the hungry ghosts will be self-sufficient.
If you turn to the Asuras, the evil mind will subdue itself.
If you turn to the animals, the animals themselves gain great wisdom.
Next, recite the name of Amitabha Buddha.
Namo Amitabha Buddha (21 times).

- Step 3: Read the mantra of Great Compassion

You can play the music of the Great Compassion Sutra to read along or recite it yourself.
Note: When chanting mantras, think about something in your heart. You can think of grandparents, parents, old and weak relatives, reverently chanting and praying for health, praying for them to be healthy and peaceful.
  • You can think about what you are aiming for, want to achieve, in your determination to do it.
  • You can think about the illness that you are carrying, and ask the Buddha to have mercy on your health.
  • You can think of the sufferings that you or your loved ones are suffering, and ask the Buddha to show you the way to get out of the world.
  • It is possible to have compassion on sentient beings who are suffering in the hells, and use the compassionate light of the Buddha Dharma to dedicate them to reincarnation soon.
  • You can also feel compassion for animals that are about to be slaughtered, visualize yourself standing next to them, reciting to them.
  • You can think about your loved ones or those who are doing unwholesome deeds, chanting mantras to help them dedicate themselves to escape from evil conditions, or awakening and having the opportunity to study the Way.
  • Only except for the unwholesome, the Great Compassion Mantra has miraculous and universal power that can help us achieve what we want.

6. Important note when chanting the Great Compassion Sutra at home 

- Only recite the Great Compassion Mantra at home when there is a Buddha altar
According to spiritual experts, only chanting Dai Bi Sutra should be done at home when there is a Buddhist altar. If you do not have one, you should not recite it at home, but go to the temple to be blessed by the Buddhas for strength.
The Great Compassion Mantra is written by Avalokitesvara Buddha and uses the Red Names of 84 Buddhas who specialize in killing ghosts and eliminating evil spirits. That's why the power of the mantra is so great, when many people recite the same dharma instrument together, it will generate a great flow of power that will suck up all the souls and spirits in the area of ​​impact... to bring it back to Amitabha.
However, some souls still roam this realm, their karma has not ended, they still have to practice to pay their karma or are still trapped in the six paths of reincarnation.
When chanting at home, mantras still have an effect on them, but not strong enough to lead them away, but accidentally like hitting them, their practice is affected... will generate hatred. It's okay when reciting, but watch out when they stop, they will find a way to "retaliate".
Each type of spell has strong and weak effects and is used in different cases. At the same time, you should also understand that, chanting the Great Compassion Mantra is a vow to repay karma, so be careful when reciting the mantra.
If the karma is still heavy, you should persist in paying it off gradually, it is difficult to pay it off all at once. If possible, you go to the temple and recite the mantra at the temple, you will be blessed by the Buddhas for strength.
Those who are weak in the astral should also be careful before reading mantras, but it is okay to read sutras and follow the Buddha's teachings. If you want to create merit, you should regularly go to the temple and do good deeds.
- Forms of reciting the Great Compassion Mantra
+ Quick chanting: Loudly, read clearly, with deep and powerful sound, the purpose is to avoid drowsiness, avoid entertainment, avoid distractions. Thanks to that mighty sound, it creates a miracle to awaken the Bodhi mind of himself and those around him.
Therefore, when chanting this mantra, our mind is always excited, listening to the mystery rather than chanting alone. This recitation is easy for beginners.
+ Read lip -sync , or the sound is very low only the reader can hear.
+ Silent recitation: ie "contemplation", reciting without sound, sitting and reciting by thinking contemplatively, thinking of each mantra at that moment. This way of thinking is for those who have practiced for a long time.
According to the Good Day Calendar, no matter what way of mindfulness you use, always remember your great compassion and great compassion is mindfulness (Buddha nature) in the four postures, walking, standing, lying down, sitting, all in mindfulness. think of Buddha.
At the same time, not creating unwholesome karma such as not killing, killing, harming animals, not stealing, not engaging in sexual misconduct, not lying, not drinking, not greedy, not angry, not delusional, etc., are certain in their lives. always at peace, without fear, without obstacles.
- When should this mantra be chanted?
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara only asks us two things when reciting the Mantra of Divine Mercy, which is to be sincere and not to seek unwholesome deeds.
This allows the practitioner to recite whenever conditions permit. However, when chanting, it is necessary to focus on calm and avoid being affected by surrounding problems.
With a sincere heart, our mind will then merge with the recitation to integrate into the Dharma Realm, the Buddhas of the ten directions. 
Some views suggest that you should meditate twice a day, early in the morning at dawn and at dusk when the day turns to night, and at midnight, you should wake up to read Buddhist scriptures.
It is the ideal timetable for practitioners, but if we do not have the conditions, we can choose a time of the day.

7. Strange phenomenon when chanting Dai Bi Sutra and how to handle it 

Reciting the Great Compassion Mantra has many benefits, but there will always be obstacles that can be confusing for some early Buddhists.
Usually there will be strange phenomena when reciting the Great Compassion Mantra  that anyone can encounter below. At the same time, the Good Days Calendar offers an effective remedy.

7.1 Irritability

Irritability means that there are wandering thoughts in the head. It happens quite often and is normal for those who are new to the practice of chanting, no worries.
The mind cannot concentrate with the mantras because the mind is dominated by wandering thoughts. It is necessary to recognize that, not to avoid it, and to find a way to bring the mind back to the state of mindfulness by reciting the mantra back to the beginning. 

When you realize the phenomenon of resistance, don't show anger or frustration, want to give up because you think you can't do it like everyone else or rush to think that you are not suitable.
Instead of focusing on the mantra, over time, the more focused on the mantra, the weaker the restlessness. Perseverance, perseverance and effort for a long time, we will easily master the mind, the delusions will gradually thin out, the mind will be settled and calm.
Your whole body at this moment, whether you are walking, standing, lying down, must relax, pay attention to read or recite mantras fully without omission, hear the sound clearly, if you read it silently, your mind will also hear it clearly. 
Random thoughts keep popping up but because you are focused on the mantra, not trying to push it away or get angry, it will arise and disappear on its own, come and go on its own without you having to find one way or another. what does the other do.

7.2 Dullness 

Drowsiness is the phenomenon of people swaying and falling asleep while reciting mantras. At this time, we have a feeling of laziness, fragmentation, and weakness, and from there there is space for sleep to come in. This stems in part from a lack of attention.

Lethargy is a state of heaviness of the body and darkness of the mind, dragging us into a sluggish, lethargic and depressed mood. This is a negative, depressed mentality that hinders meditation practice as well as in daily life.

During the initial period when the mind is not yet pure, the practitioner should be diligent, effort and patient, should not turn back and give up prematurely. When the practitioner establishes mindfulness, focuses firmly on the object, the mind is somewhat calm, these two obstacles will gradually decrease. If you continue to work on attaining concentration, they will come to an end.
Therefore, overcoming and transforming the gloomy and heavy states of laziness is necessary for each of us, especially those who are trying to apply the Buddha's teachings to their actual life to have peace of mind. happiness in the present and in the future.
To deal with laxity, yogis need to harmonize body and mind, and coordinate both prevention and control. The practitioner must first establish a balanced life, work in moderation, and get enough sleep. 
Do not eat too full, clothes should be soft, not too tight, loosen the belt, sit in a cool place, rich in oxygen. When sitting, keep your back straight, neck straight, relax your muscles, and relax your body and mind completely. It's important to always keep your attention on the mantra, when you find yourself in a state of lethargy, start all over again.
If laxity occurs many times, the practitioner can pause the mantra recitation to rub his face, stroke his eyes, pinch his ears, massage his limbs, turn his body back and forth for blood circulation. 
Then continue to meditate as before. If laxity has not ceased, the meditator should change his posture, wash his face and meditate (walking while chanting mantras) for a while and then return to continue reciting. After many efforts and still drowsy, the meditator should lie down to rest or sleep for a while, then it is better to continue the practice.
In addition, we do not worry about obsessive sleepiness. Because when we recite the mantra, the gods, dragons, and Dharma protectors will always be by our side, when we fall asleep, they will help wake us up in some way.
Usually we won't (or dare not) fall asleep after that. However, if this happens for the second time during the meditation session, it means that our body is too tired, we should ask permission to take a break from the meditation to rest. 

7.3 Chaos

We have difficulty in calmly reciting mantras because our mind is confused and unable to concentrate, so far we have tried all kinds of methods but still to no avail. That's called chaos.
However, there is no need to worry because patiently reciting this mantra will be an effective means of helping us to feel secure, freeing our minds from the distractions and worries of daily life, certainly leading us to the next step. quickly enter the meditative state.
Believe that the mantra will help us to advance quickly to the next steps of meditation, the matter of how fast or slow is dependent on each individual's karma, but the result is certain, because in the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Sutra once told us that he had only heard of this mantra once, and had quickly attained fruition from the first stage to the eighth level.

7.4 Doubts 

Doubt refers to the inner state of asking many confusing questions while reciting the mantra, at this time there are many questions in the mind such as: "I don't know if I can do it?", or doubt about the practice: "No do you know the right way?", or even question the meaning: "What is this?". 
It should be understood that it is also a time when an obstacle becomes an invasion, obscuring pure view.
Doubt can also be seen as another state of restlessness, so questions and concerns should be addressed clearly and thoroughly beforehand.
The Buddha likened doubt to being lost in the desert, not recognizing landmarks. That doubt is overcome by gathering clear instructions, with a good map, to help us see the subtle landmarks in the unfamiliar territory of the deep meditative mind, and thereby know get the way to go.

8. Does the Tri Dai Bi mantra die with it?

Many people come to the Great Compassion Mantra with the desire to get rid of the deadlocks and sufferings with no way out in life. However, there are many opinions that when reciting this mantra, it is easy for "negative people" to follow and control some actions.

Buddhism recognizes an intermediate life, but it is a temporary, intermediate life. The bardo body is also a type of material body, although it is a special kind of matter that cannot be seen by the human eye. But already a physical body cannot last long, it must also change and perish.
According to the above idea, we already know that beings in the underworld, there is only waiting for rebirth according to karmic conditions, no rebirth by relying on penetration into others.
Therefore, the person who recites the mantra but is relied on by the people of the underworld to penetrate is because he or she develops the mind to recite it without a teacher to guide him, without a solid cultivation method, so he does not attain mindfulness, is not consistent, and thus, a celestial demon. Harassment becomes disordered mind.
This phenomenon has become a habit for a long time, when it is time to chant Mantras, there is a disturbance from heaven and earth. For people who have little understanding of the Buddhadharma, people in the world think that people from the underworld or "the grace of superiors and superiors" invade. entering, confessing Buddha and confessing to the world is like that.

To demonstrate this and see the magic of the Great Compassion Mantra, please take some time to read these real Great Compassion Mantra Inspiration Stories for testing.